And another popular Linux distribution pushes a new release out the door. This time around, it’s openSUSE, as they just released version 12.1. Other than the usual latest and greatest version of all the open source desktops and associated tools, there’s a few other interesting tidbits in this release as well.
openSUSE 12.1 is the first Linux distribution to ship with colour management tools for both GNOME and KDE. In the case of KDE, this means openSUSE is the first major distribution to ship with KolorManager + Oyranos color management tools. Plasma Active, while no integral part of openSUSE just yet, can also be installed for those interested in KDE’s new tablet interface.
Another interesting first is openSUSE’s support for the snapshot functionality in btrfs, the file system which will eventually become the standard for Linux. The user can interface with the snapshot functionality using Snapper, which, as usual, comes with both a YaST module and command line tools.
Furthermore, openSUSE 12.1 comes with full support for the Go programming language, another first for a major Linux disribution.
You’ll know where to get it.
Speaking of OpenSUSE… I just switched my production machine to Kubuntu 11.10. I have hit a spot that either THIS IS IT or definitely back to Windows 7. I couldn’t stand Unity for a couple of days. I couldn’t stand GNOME Shell for more than one day. I won’t be trying Mint and its hacks. So KDE is all there’s left. I may upgrade my hardware or buy a modest Nvidia GPU, if I have to.
I’m on a good oldie AMD 780G/SB700 (Radeon HD 3200). It’s running fine, but not that snappy. I’m using the radeon open source driver. Not installing fglrx because certainly will disable splash screens and cause some bugs.
All I ask from KDE developers is… please, don’t do any more stupid moves. Keep this environment better and better. I have criticized KDE many times, and KDE has lost ground for GNOME 2. However, KDE based distros may be a great camp for GNOME Shell refugees. GNOME guys really really blew our ex-usable, ex-stable and ex-reliable desktop.